Wisconsin DOJ sues Didion corn mill, site of fatal 2017 explosion, for multiple violations

Didion Milling Inc. corn mill in Cambria
Didion Milling Inc. corn mill in Cambria
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 4:17 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorney General Josh Kaul has filed a lawsuit against a milling company for multiple violations at a plant that was the scene of a fatal explosion five years ago. Kaul filed the lawsuit Monday against Didion Milling Inc. in Columbia County.

The filing alleges the state Department of Natural Resources discovered 30 violations at the company’s Cambria corn mill during 2019 inspections, including emissions violations, recordkeeping violations and reporting violations. The lawsuit seeks up to $25,000 for each violation.

A grain dust explosion at the mill in 2017 killed five employees.

A federal grand jury indicted the company this past May in connection with the explosion on charges that managers violated safety standards and concealed unsafe conditions from regulators.